I’m really excited to introduce to you a new segment of this blog, where we will feature/interview some of the vloggers on YouTube and get to know them a little bit better. This segment will be called “Behind The Youtube Vlogger”. I hope you enjoy this new segment of the blog. Today I would like to introduce our first feature, Ouga Of Morrocan Glamour. Enjoy ♥
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Ouga from the Kingdom of Morocco in North Africa. I’m a twenty something professional who loves painting, makeup and fashion. In my professional role, I am a Regional IP Protection Manager at a Top 30 Fortune company with responsibility over 18 countries in Africa.
What or who inspired you to start a YouTube Channel?
I wanted my channel to be a means of interacting with people from all over the world and get some viewers to know more about Morocco and its beauty.
When I browsed YouTube, I couldn’t find such a channel so I decided to start one and now I am so happy to see the diversity of viewers who view my channel.
Describe your channel?
Moroccan Glamour is a channel for people to watch laid back videos and hopefully get a couple of ideas that they can apply in their beauty routine, or hair regimen or simply just have a good laugh.
Several beauty products like Argan oil come from Morocco, so my idea is to have a channel that has both the contemporary style videos (haul, makeup etc.) but also some gems from Moroccan beauty recipes and tricks to share with the world.
How long have you been on YouTube?
I have started my channel on July 30th, 2012. So it’s only been less than 5 months ! But I feel like I have been on YT forever!
What Camera and Software Editing Tools Do you use?
I use a Canon PowerShot S2 IS, it’s a camera I’ve had since 2006 and can only shoot 16 min of footage so maybe in a few months I would get a camcorder. For editing, I use Windows Movie Maker, very basic but does it for me.
Where do you get your inspiration for your videos?
I keep getting questions from friends and on my FaceBook page so I have a long list of video requests. Sometimes, I face a situation (last minute invitation, hair challenge, fashion issue) where I wish I had a tutorial to follow, so I make one.
What is the most frustrating thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
I have very slow internet connection so it takes over 12 hours to upload a medium length video. But I love my viewers so they make it worth it. I also wish I had more personalization options for my videos, but I am continuously learning, so I hope my viewers have seen an improvement in video quality.
What is the best thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
I love interacting with my viewers and it’s just amazing to know that someone is sitting in a far away country and watching my video. I always look forward to read comments from my most active viewers who are usually first to comment, like Souki, Ronnelle, Mirna and Courtney and many more.. they just make my day!
Also, being on YouTube made me add some fun touches to my everyday life. For example, I started trying more daring colors in makeup and fashion instead of my ole’ trusty things.
How do you balance time between your personal life and YouTube schedule?
The key is to be organized.
I post videos twice per week (now every Monday & Thursday) and I respect this schedule no matter what because I know my viewers expect their video on these days.
I mix the types of videos I do: some require almost no editing like hauls, product reviews etc. and others require a great deal of post production: tutorials, OOTD etc.
Most of my videos are of things I would do anyway, like styling my hair or putting on makeup, so I just turn on the camera when doing it. For other videos, I record when I have time after work, and do the editing on weekends. Some videos require several recording sessions e.g. lookbooks; so I keep track of progress in my daily agenda.
Then I upload videos such that at any time I have the choice between 3 videos to pick which one to upload. Usually, I ask on my FB page what viewers want for today: fashion, makeup, hair etc. and then I post accordingly.
Have you met any of your viewers in real life?
It has only been few months, but I have met few of my viewers in Morocco, and I have a viewer from Indonesia and another one from the US who plan to visit Morocco soon (and stock up on local beauty products).
Also, we don’t have to meet physically to become friends, and this collaboration between you and me is just an example that we can forge friendships via YouTube.
Do you have any interesting story to tell about your YouTube life and real life crossing paths?
I have a very serious and formal corporate job. One day, I made a video and many of my colleagues started IMing me telling me that “X” manager was watching my video during a meeting and was talking about it. Overnight, I had at least half of my office who watched that video.
It was awkward for a week, as so many colleagues came for makeup advice while I was trying to finish work projects.
What is your favorite video that you have made and why?
Published: “Get ready with me: conservative yet cute” because it was a real fashion challenge!
Not published yet: “Shimmery Smoky eye” — because I randomly put together some colors and the result was so cute!
How Long Have You been Natural? Describe your Hair Journey.
I had my first relaxer as a teenager. The natural hair awakening has still not reached Morocco. Despite being an African country, « good hair » is based on European ethnicity standards (Morocco is a few miles south of Spain).
This is not my first attempt to go natural. The first time, I gave up on relaxers was after visiting the US in 2010, but then I started getting so much negative feedback back home that I caved in and relaxed it. Few months later, I actively researched transitioning, and decided to be stronger.
Transitioning was very hard as where I come from, professional hair needs to be straight and women would go to extreme lengths to blow dry their hair in order to achieve the flowy look.
I toughed it up and trimmed my hair every 3 months until september 23rd, 2011 when I chopped it off. Needless to say people around me were not pleased.
But then I got lazy and didn’t take care of my hair, doing simply wash n gos, so its quality deteriorated and I chopped several inches off just a couple weeks ago.
I have learned my lesson and have started fresh, and documenting my hair journey on YT as I go. I have learned to love my hair as it is.
What Is Your Hair Regimen and Favorite Products?
I am very low maintenance. I shampoo my hair every 2 weeks and deep condition at least once per month, and I would like to start doing it twice per month. Other than this I just do not cover my hair when showering so it gets some moisture.
I try several products both from the US and locally available in Morocco.
My favorite products are:
- Curls Creamy Cleanser - “Once per month when I feel like indulging”
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration(HEHH) Conditioner - “for detangling”
- Neutrogena Triple Moisture Conditioner - “Love this product!”
- Pantene Conditioner, I add some Honey and EVOO - “for deep conditioning”.
- Shea Moisture coconut & hibiscus curling souffle - “for lazy hairdos or to sleek my hair”.
- My own Shea Butter mix – “to make twists”.
What is your favorite Natural Hair Style?
I love twists because they are low maintenance and I can do twistouts, which I can rock up to 5 days before they get frizzy.
What is the best thing about being Natural?
That awesome feeling when you know if you’re having a bad hair day, you can just pop your head under the shower, and your curls will be bouncing joyfully. I also love the versatility of natural hair, it can do so many things and almost has a personality of its own.
What is the most frustrating thing about being Natural?
I would say, having to pay your dues. Since no hair is the same, you have to make your own mistakes and test the products, regimen, start over and let’s face it, some days you just want to chop it off and start over.
What advice do you have for those who are newly natural or are considering going natural?
Going natural is not just about hair. It is a coming of age experience where you dig deep in your insecurities. It is like a therapy as you will see how your perception of your beauty, worth and life around you will evolve.
We all have bad hairdays so don’t fuss over it. Do not compare your growth, texture etc. to other naturals. It is all about YOU. Feel blessed for the amazing versatile hair that God gave you and show me that curl pattern of yours !
List 9 random things that your viewers don’t know about you?
- I speak French, English, Arabic and Darija (Moroccan dialect)
- I love turtles
- I don’t know how to ride a bike
- I don’t speak a word of Russian or Hebrew but know few Russian & Hebrew songs by heart
- I started wearing contact lenses since age 13 and they were Gray (mom’s choice). Bizarrely, they looked very natural and I would only remove them before sleeping. So for over a decade, nobody knew that my real eye color is dark brown !
- I can’t help but laugh when someone sneezes. I know babies laugh at sneezing people so maybe I never grew out of it. But I think it’s hilarious and it got me in awkward situations a couple times…
- Same thing when people fall, I feel bad for them but can’t stop laughing. This is valid also for me as a very clumsy person, when I fall I laugh so hard that it takes me forever to get up on my feet.
- I have a ear-scorching singing voice and yet I insist on singing my lungs off at karaoke
- I have a big tattoo under my right rib.
Who are some of the other YouTube Vloggers that you enjoy watching?
I am just getting started and discovering new gems in the vlogging community.
- For makeup knowledge, I love EnkoreMakeup, always has a trick or 2 to share.
- For quick make up tricks, gossmakeupartist, has very sharp, short videos, to the point.
- I have a vlogger crush on beautycrush because she has that cute British Accent.
- Shirley Beniang has a figure close to mine so I like to see what lookbooks she comes up with.
For Natural Hair, I randomly look up videos, usually of Natural Hair Journey’s and Hairstyles…and every night, I have to watch a few “room tour” or “Make Up Collection & Storage” videos.
What is your advice to those just starting out on YouTube?
Just be yourself! It can be tempting to mimic another YT guru. While imitation is a great form of flattery, remember that the original is better than the copy. If you are authentic to who you are, viewers will come back for you.
You don’t have to put on a mask for your viewers. I have made videos with acne breakout, bad hair day, etc. Your viewers know that you have a real life besides YouTube and that you will get ups and downs.
What would you like to tell your viewers?
I am so glad that you watch my videos and leave me comments. It is very flattering to know some people step out and interact with me. The channel is about finding your inner beauty and building your self confidence so thank you for being there along the way when I share my insecurities, joys, and blabber of a normal girl who loves beauty.
Where else can we find you on the web?
I am on twitter @MoroccanGlamour
I am on Facebook: Moroccan Glamour
Subscribe on YouTube: MorrocanGlamour
About The New Segment:
I hope you enjoyed this new segment. I will be having more interviews in the next few days. If you would like to request a particular vlogger please list their channel name on the comments below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Also voice your opinions, suggestions and comments below.
If you are a YouTube Vlogger, you are more than welcome to reach out to me for a feature. I would love to hear from you. I welcome all vloggers who vlog about Natural Hair, Beauty, Fashion or Style, Health & Fitness or general LifeStyle Topics lets keep in touch.